The Times West Virginian

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August 18, 2013

‘Black Diamonds’ exhibit now at library

‘It gives people a chance to be a coal miner around the turn of the century’

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Public Library is offering kids and adults a chance to know what it feels like to drill a hole in a coal bed by hand.

The library is hosting a traveling exhibit from Charleston called “Black Diamonds: A History of Southern West Virgina Coal” through Aug. 30.

Julie Mike, public relations manager, said the exhibit has been up since the end of July and creates a great interactive simulation for those who walk through it.

“It gives people a chance to be a coal miner around the turn of the century,” she said.

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